The mourning of Prince's life after the pop culture icon's untimely death in April is showing no signs of letting up, but perhaps one bright spot for his fans beyond his music is the fact that his movies will live on forever. One of his most celebrated cinematic efforts is "Purple Rain," which was released July 27, 1984, and spawned one of the most celebrated soundtracks of all time.
Prince fans are no doubt celebrating one of the singer's signature musical offerings by keeping "Purple Rain" on repeat on both the stereo as well as the DVD or Blu Ray player, but even the most ardent fan of the film may not know some of the more obscure facts about the motion picture.
1. The original title of the film was actually "Dreams."
2. The film cost $7 million to make but raked in a whopping $68.4 million.
3. Members of Prince's band — the Revolution — Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman were in a romantic relationship during filming, but that fact was never confirmed until much later. Their relationship spanned two decades.
4. Vanity, one of Prince's protégé's — and love interests — was supposed to star as the female lead but the couple broke up, forcing the singer to choose Apollonia after Jennifer Beals declined the starring role.
5. Both Morris Day and the Time as well as the Revolution were forced to take dancing classes taught by the Minnesota Dance Theatre as a way to get them in shape for the film.
6. The motorcycle Prince rode in the movie is a one-of-a-kind, custom made vehicle — a souped up version of a 1981 Honda CB400A.
7. The scene where Apollonia "purified" herself in Lake Minnetonka landed her a case of hypothermia because it was shot in November in Minnesota.
8. The nightclub in which many performance scenes were filmed was paid $100,000 to stay closed for the better part of a month for production. Prince and the other groups ended up needing just one week to complete everything.
9. The erotic song, "Darling Nikki," scorned Al Gore's wife, Tipper Gore, what with its explicit lyrics. While the song was obviously included in the movie, its inclusion resulted in Parental Advisory stickers for the soundtrack.
10. The iconic song, "When Doves Cry," almost didn't make the cut for the movie because Prince's manager thought the lack of a bass line would prevent it from becoming a hit. Suffice to say, he was wrong.